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Tornos celebrates sales success at UK open house

The recent THINK: Production 2014 event that was co-hosted by Tornos and Matsuura proved a resounding success for the Swiss sliding head lathe manufacturer.

Left Hullmatic MD Peter Pledger and John McBride From Tornos in Front of ST26.
Hullmatic MD Peter Pledger and John McBride From Tornos in Front of ST26.

The three day event in Coalville, drew over 200 high calibre visitors with one of the Tornos highlights being the sale of an ST26 turning centre to Hullmatic.

Balancing operations
The acquisition of the Tornos ST26 comes off the back of a successful ST26 installation in September. The first ST26 was installed at Hullmatic as a direct replacement for an ageing Deco 20 machine. Capable of balanced turning, milling and drilling, the ST26 can also provide material savings with its ability to run with/without a guide bush.

Tailored solution
The order for a second ST26 is the result of Tornos expediting the process with a solution that was tailored to the needs of the end user. With a shop full of CNC sliding head technology from Tornos and CNC lathes from Mazak, Hullmatic is deeply imbued in the production of automotive components, boasting household names like Caterpillar, Dunlop, Perkins and Delphi as customers. Producing over 15 million parts each year, Essex based Hullmatic had been utilising their Tornos Deco machine for long production runs. However, the ability of the ST26 to maintain these long production runs whilst offering improved flexibility and reduced changeover times when compared to the ageing Deco was overwhelming. The immediate impact of the ST26 is why the company brought forward its plans for a second machine.

Constant stream of innovation
Whilst this acquisition was a highlight for Tornos, the event visitors were also drawn by the new CT20 and GT26 turning centres that arrived fresh from their world premiere at AMB. Tornos also gave its UK debut to the SwissNano turning centre that has been causing a stir in the micro manufacturing industry. Alongside these new innovations was the robust and powerful Almac CU3007 machining centre with a 5-axis Lehmann table set up. The new machines boasted a host of new technology and the extremely powerful 11kw spindles of the GT26 drew interest, but a clear crowd pleaser was the Tornos TISIS machine monitoring software. Linked to the CT20 and GT26 turning centres at the event, TISIS enabled the visitors to see the benefits of monitoring and programming one or many machines and their production status from one work terminal or mobile device.

Tornos Open House in Coalville.
Tornos Open House in Coalville.

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Biemh 2014 – A must for manufacturing

More innovation, more companies and more products. With a total of 1314 exhibiting companies from 27 countries (12% more than at the last event), leading international brands, new sectors, almost 800 high-performance machines, 300 innovations and technical seminars, the 28th International Machine-Tool Exhibition is set to be a big event, with big solutions, for doing big business.

“The GDP, investment, consumption, foreign trade and export indicators are all positive, and at the BIEMH we will see that this growth is also reflected in the creation of jobs. The Machine-Tool Biennial is a landmark event for our country”. These words were spoken by Basque Premier Iñigo Urkullu in the address with which he officially opened the 28th BIEMH today.
“The GDP, investment, consumption, foreign trade and export indicators are all positive, and at the BIEMH we will see that this growth is also reflected in the creation of jobs. The Machine-Tool Biennial is a landmark event for our country”. These words were spoken by Basque Premier Iñigo Urkullu in the address with which he officially opened the 28th BIEMH today.

Encouraged by signs of recovery in the domestic market, machine-tool companies will be making a strong show at Bilbao Exhibition Centre from June 2-7 (yeah, it’s time to go there till the end of the week!). This year’s BIEMH is bigger in all areas than the previous edition, and is set to mark a turning point in its sector.

A must for manufacturing
The 28th BIEMH is to take place in Halls 1, 2, 3 and 5 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre, where a full range of machine-tool-related products and services will be on show. 57% of the exhibitors at BIEMH 2014 are from outside Spain. The chance to access wide-ranging international markets and to make the most of the turning point in domestic demand in Spain from a soundly consolidated trade-show is one of the reasons why firms from 27 countries have confirmed their attendance at the event.

Quality, competitiveness and technological innovation
BIEMH has grown into the most comprehensive showcase for reaching out to leading domestic firms and meeting high-level personnel. The Spanish machine-tool industry has developed state-of-the-art automation for manufacturing systems that has placed the country’s firms at the cutting edge of their sector, where they compete with the most advanced countries for customers in leading markets including Germany, Italy and France, among others. Spain is the third biggest producer and exporter of machine-tools in the EU, and the ninth biggest in the world. It achieved this position thanks to a firm commitment on the part of manufacturers of machine tools, accessories, components and tools to innovation (for which they earmark 5% of their turnover) and to internationalisation. The specialised, technologically innovative, high value added products that they manufacture enable the sector as a whole to export of over 80% of its output.

New sectors and technical seminars
For the first time, BIEMH has a specific area given over to additive manufacturing and composites, at which companies and technology centres will show off their most competitive, most highly developed products and share their experiences. Additive manufacturing is set to be the cornerstone of digital-age manufacturing in developed countries. It consists of making components from various materials based on a 3-D model, depositing material in powder form layer by layer, with no need to machine or manufacture moulds or toolings. The biomedical, aeronautical, automotive, mould-making and die-making industries are making ever greater use of it due to its functionality and high added value.

Time to go to Spain
From June 2 to 7, 2014
Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m

http://www.biemh.com/en/

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Swiss machinery exports to China back on track

In the first quarter of 2014, Swiss machinery companies recorded additional (year-on-year) exports in the value of 89 million Swiss francs to China and Hong Kong – three times the growth generated by the USA.
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The exports of the Swiss machinery industry to China and Hong Kong are back on track. In the first quarter 2014, Swiss machinery companies sold goods in the value of 650 million CHF to China and Hong Kong – an absolute growth of 89 million CHF (or 13.7%) compared to the year before, according to figures of the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. “In the Far East, Swiss enterprises achieved three times more absolute export growth than in the United States (29.5 million CHF) and about as much as in Germany (90.5 million CHF, +4.7%), by far the most important market for Swiss goods”, analyses Nicolas Musy, Managing Director of the non-profit organization Swiss Center Shanghai (SCS), the largest cluster of Swiss enterprises in Asia.

Need for automation and quality
 “Many Chinese producers used to work with simple, cheap and locally made machines complemented by a lot of manual labor. Since labor costs go up, automation is the key to stay competitive”, explains Musy. Additionally, Chinese manufacturers are looking for better margins and climbing up the value chain, selling better and better products locally and for export. “That is why they are not only in need of automation, but also of machines capable of making high-quality products. When looking at the amount of factories still relying on manual labor, this trend has only just begun: China will remain a highly interesting and fast growing market for Swiss exporters of machinery and other products for many years if not decades to come.”

SCS Machinery, Trading and Business Center
Following its vocation, to support on the spot the numerous Swiss machinery SMEs who do not have the resources of the big players, the Foundation Swiss Centers and the Swiss Center Shanghai are opening a new Machinery, Trading and Business Center in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. “The 4.400sqm pre-installed space offers showrooms, warehouses and offices especially designed for the needs of Swiss industrial companies, with heavy loading floors, high ceilings and dynamic power supply”, explains Zhen Xiao, General Manager of SCS. “Companies can have their machines and tools permanently exhibited duty-free in the facility, bringing a cash-flow advantage for the firms. The zone can also serve as an ideal logistics center for the Asia-pacific market for trading and spare parts services with customs clearance done once a month only.” The simplified customs declaration procedures allow certain spare parts to be sent out within 4 hours.
The new Machinery, Trading and Business Center for Swiss SMEs is strategically located in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, which has been established to pilot the new round of groundbreaking economic reforms launched by the new Chinese government at the end of last year. Foreign companies registering in the FTZ benefit from considerably reduced administrative hurdles and regulations in all aspect of corporate life and financial transactions.

For more information: www.swisscenters.org.
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What customers want…

When a company is experiencing healthy development and everything is running smoothly, the risk of operating on autopilot increases, which can lead to problems. It was this pitfall that the organisers of SIAMS (Switzerland) wanted to avoid. They carried out a large-scale survey of the event’s exhibitors, both actual and potential, in order to better meet requirements. Results were presented yesterday in a press conference. Interview with Francis Koller, director.

Inauguration of SIAMS 2012 with (from left to right), Andreas Rickenbacker, Director of Economic Affairs for the Canton of Berne, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Amman, Francis Koller, director of SIAMS and Michel Probst, Minister for Economic Affairs, Cooperation and Communes for the Canton of Jura.
Inauguration of SIAMS 2012 with (from left to right), Andreas Rickenbacker, Director of Economic Affairs for the Canton of Berne, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Amman, Francis Koller, director of SIAMS and Michel Probst, Minister for Economic Affairs, Cooperation and Communes for the Canton of Jura.

A specialist company carried out the telephone survey using a representative sample of customers and non-customers from both French- and German-speaking Switzerland. According to the specialist institute, the results are statistically representative and provide excellent scope for interpretation and use (you can read more on satisfaction surveys on our article “The seven deadly sins” here).

Why a survey?
“We had a good idea of the perception of SIAMS and the satisfaction of our exhibitors, but we wanted more “scientific” data to guide our decisions,” explains the director. The result: Perceptions that correspond well with the SIAMS vision. So, was this survey a waste of time? Mr. Koller states: “Absolutely not. Certainly we were very pleased to discover we were getting many things right, and that the positioning of SIAMS is almost unanimously clear, but we also identified several areas for improvement. I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and answer our questions.” The average interview lasted 15 minutes, however some took over 45 minutes!

Main aspects highlighted by the survey

  • SIAMS is a targeted, specialist trade fair
  • SIAMS is a welcoming, enjoyable trade fair
  • SIAMS is an extra-regional trade fair
  • SIAMS is undergoing constant improvement

Many tools for exhibitors
In order to help their exhibitors to maximise their participation, the organisers are going to release a toolbox soon. We don’t know more for now and indeed we will keep everyone posted as soon as possible.

Last possibilities to exhibit, hurry up!
According to the director, the next edition of SIAMS (from May 6 to 9, 2014) will see the halls being fully occupied. But even so, there is still space for a lucky few who can make a quick decision (Call Laurence Gygax at +41 32 492 70 10 or [email protected]).

The flexibility of the organisation was awarded a score of 5.1, but its position on the horizontal axis and the surface of the sphere demonstrate that this is a less important factor. The most important factor was clearly the quality of the visitors (top right) which was awarded a score of 5. The welcome for visitors (4.6), promotions aimed at visitors (4.7) and infrastructure (4.6) were deemed more important than flexibility and showed signs of improvement.
The flexibility of the organisation was awarded a score of 5.1, but its position on the horizontal axis and the surface of the sphere demonstrate that this is a less important factor. The most important factor was clearly the quality of the visitors (top right) which was awarded a score of 5. The welcome for visitors (4.8), promotions aimed at visitors (4.7) and infrastructure (4.6) were deemed more important than flexibility and showed signs of improvement.

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When asked their opinion on the changes to Siams, 66% of exhibitors at the 2012 event stated that the trade fair was improving, while 26% judged the quality to be good and constant.
When asked their opinion on the changes to Siams, 66% of exhibitors at the 2012 event stated that the trade fair was improving, while 26% judged the quality to be good and constant.

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Cooperation Exchange with Bulgarian companies from the MEM industries

Mechanical engineering, metalworking, electronics, and electrical engineering are industries that are among the strengths of the Bulgarian economy.
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Also in the areas of infrastructure, technologies in the environmental sector and in the communication and information technology, business and cooperation opportunities are unlimited, and access to projects financed with EU funds are secured. Many well-organized and internationally experienced Bulgarian manufacturers are willing to assist Swiss and European companies to be more competitive.

With a few partners, Obal organizes
B2B meetings with Bulgarian companies from the MEM industries on March 20th, 2014 in Zurich.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Bulgarian Agency for SMEs and the Bulgarian Embassy in Bern, Obal AG and in partnership with the Switzerland-Central Europe SEC Chamber of Commerce, the Bulgarian Swiss Chamber of Commerce and SWISSMEM.

The day will provide some insights on how to

  • increase competitiveness with highly skilled subcontractors
  • reduce production costs
  • find suppliers or business partners
  • work with low level company taxes
  • discover skills from Bulgaria

This event wil give companies the opportunity to meet with potential partners from Bulgaria and to directly talk business.

To receive more information (address, schedule) as well as brief profile of the presented companies, feel free to contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

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To read success stories about working with Eastern Europe countries, you can read the articles about Obal published on Eurotec recently:

(as always the articles are published in English, German and French)

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Swiss Pavilions at international Medtec trade fairs

Medtech Switzerland proposes many possibilities to exhibit in international Medtech shows. Moreover some Swiss Cantons offer great possibilities to reduce the cost of these exhibitions for companies active in their areas.
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Did you ever consider exhibiting your products and services at an international trade fair but hesitated due to the time and cost requirements? If so, then the Swiss Pavilion might be the answer you are looking for. The Swiss Pavilion is a turnkey solution offered by Medtech Switzerland and its partners which gives your company an opportunity to exhibit at the world´s most important trade fairs while remaining under the Swiss umbrella.

Upcoming locations of the Swiss Pavilion

  • November 20 –23 – MEDICA Dusseldorf, Germany
  • December 9 –13 – Zdravookhraneniye Moscow, Russia
  • January 27 –30 – Arab Health Dubai, U.A.E.
  • February 11 –13 – MD&M West Anaheim, USA
  • April 3 –6 – expoMED Istanbul, Turkey
  • April 9 –10 – MEDTEC France Lyon, France
  • April 9 –11 – MEDTEC Japan Tokyo, Japan
  • June 3 –5 – MEDTEC Europe Stuttgart, Germany

The Swiss Pavilion gives you

  • Swissness – Distinct layout and organization assert Swiss quality
  • Recognition – Well placed and consistently designed booths secure participant interest
  • Efficiency – Proven on-site infrastructure allows a cost effective solution to spending more time with customers

For more information about all Swiss Pavilions and the possibilities of help from the Cantons, you can download the Medtech-Switzerland Flyer here.

To participate as an exhibitor in one of the new Swiss Pavilions, please contact
Jonas Frey
Phone+41 31 335 62 41
[email protected]

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The Asian EMO (?!)

The EMTE-EASTPO Machine Tool Exhibition will be held in Shanghai at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 14 to 17 July 2014. The joint exhibition will leverage on the combined strengths and expertise of three partners: CECIMO, EASTPO Culture and Development and MP Organisation.
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Mr Filip Geerts, director general of CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, says : “Our purpose is to meet the need of European machine tool builders to have another machine tool exhibition at the right place: Shanghai and time: on even years to meet their potential customers. This exhibition should respond to our quality standards for exhibitors and visitors.”

Where the market goes…
The global machine tool market is marked by an enormous market shift towards Asia, more especially towards China, which makes it the place to be for European machine tool builders. Asia’s share in global consumption amounted to just under 67 per cent. Demand in Asia shows dynamic growth. Most machine tools worldwide were purchased in China (for €28.1 billion) and with a share of 45 per cent in world consumption.  China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and India collectively account for 65 per cent of the global consumption for machine tools, and they are looking to buy European machine tools.

Promote European machine tool industry everywhere
By holding a machine tool exhibition in the heart of Asia, CECIMO’s national associations hope to establish a stronger footing in Asia for their member companies to sustain their business and, potentially, capture a bigger market share in these emerging economies. After all, that is what CECIMO is all about: promoting the European machine tool industry worldwide.

EMTE: an exhibition of international quality and standard
The first EMTE-EASTPO exhibition is expected to be a high quality showcase of innovative technology and practical solutions presented by leading names from around the world. CECIMO’s Mr Geerts explained, “It will be the only CECIMO-backed exhibition in Shanghai, and the organising team has a strong track record of organising machine tool exhibitions and related shows.” EMTE-EASTPO 2014 will showcase the best from the machine tool industry from around the world. EASTPO alone covered 84,000 square meters of gross exhibition space in 2012, and the addition of EMTE is expected to add quite many square meters to the area covered by the four-day exhibition. The first EMTE-EASTPO exhibition in Shanghai has already received many positive responses from machine tool manufacturers.

Signature of the agreement: Seated: Mr Filip Geerts, Director general of CECIMO and Mr James Chia, Chairman of MP International Standing: Ms Cindy Pei, GM of EASTPO; Ms Sylvia Phua, CEO of MP International; and Mr Eric Zhong, Managing director of EASTPO.
Signature of the agreement: Seated: Mr Filip Geerts, Director general of CECIMO and Mr James Chia, Chairman of MP International Standing: Ms Cindy Pei, GM of EASTPO; Ms Sylvia Phua, CEO of MP International; and Mr Eric Zhong, Managing director of EASTPO.

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www.emte-eastpo.com
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